- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Alexandria Police Chief David P. Baker retired Tuesday after being arrested over the weekend on drunken-driving charges.

Chief Baker, 58, was arrested Saturday about 11 p.m. in Arlington County on a DUI charge while driving a city-issued, unmarked car. Officials said a Breathalyzer test indicated a 0.19 blood alcohol content — more than twice the legal limit in Virginia.

“It is with a great deal of humility and remorse that I announce my retirement from the Alexandria Police Department, effective immediately,” Chief Baker said in a letter submitted to city officials by his attorney, Jim C. Clark. WRC-TV (Channel 4) obtained a copy of the letter and posted it on its Web site.

Alexandria City Council member Redella S. “Del” Pepper confirmed the chief’s retirement.

“It’s a terribly sad time,” she said.

Chief Baker, who was appointed police chief in September 2006, had been with the department since 1991, after a 20-year career with the Metropolitan Police Department in the District.

Deputy Chief Earl Cook has assumed Chief Baker’s duties.

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